Not all Cancer Patients are Equal, and We Want to Change That

Today is World Cancer Day, and the theme this year is Close the Care Gap, something we here at the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network believe is of the utmost importance. The day is put on by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), with the goal of assuring access to diagnosis, treatment and care is equitable for all. Founded in 2000 at the World Summit

Breathe Hope Research Group Launches Lung Cancer and Anxiety Survey

The following is a letter from the Breathe Hope Research Group Dear Canadian Lung Cancer Patients, A group of lung cancer patients is conducting this survey with a common interest in research on lung cancer. Anxiety, fear and worry are common concerns among lung cancer patients. While mental health has been studied amongst cancer patients in general, there is little information about lung cancer. We

As Biosimilars Expand in Ontario, Patient Self-Advocacy is Key

In the last days of 2022, the Government of Ontario decided to put its weight behind the use of biosimilars. Starting March 31st, 2023, Ontario Drug Benefit recipients who are using an originator biologic will be transferred to a biosimilar at no cost. Drugs like Copaxone®, Enbrel®, Humalog®, Humira®, Lantus®, NovoRapid®, Remicade®, and Rituxan® are to be phased out, with patients required to transition by

The other lung cancer risk that is not often discussed

The discussion around lung cancer, especially during November, often revolves around smoking. After all, smoking has received the most attention because it continues to be the biggest risk factor in getting lung cancer. While this attention is much needed, it also adds stigma around lung cancer. After all, those who have it have made a personal choice to smoke, and now they are experiencing the

Start breast cancer screening at 40, add supplemental screening, says Dense Breast Canada Doctor

The guidelines on breast cancer screening need to be changed.  Dr. Paula Gordon with Dense Breasts Canada recently chatted with us about breast density and how it complicates getting tested, but she adds there is another part to making sure the cancer is caught early.   “17 percent of breast cancers occur to women aged 40 to 49. Although breast cancer is less common in younger

Quebec Election 2022

Candidates are invited to answer the following two questions about cancer care and health care in Quebec. 1. Lung cancer screening If you win this election, will you: A. Create a permanent, fully funded lung cancer screening program that covers all regions of Quebec? B. Add new lung cancer screening sites as quickly as possible? C. Publish the results of the lung cancer screening pilot